There are two types of people in the world: Those who have forever lost important computer files, and those who haven’t…YET! Most people in the first group have learned their lesson (the hard way) and are now backing up their computer on a regular basis. If you are in the second group you have two options:

  1. Experience a painful loss of important photos, videos, music, emails and documents, and THEN start backing up, or
  2. Learn from the first group and start backing up your computer NOW!

It’s your choice, but don’t say you haven’t been warned. All hard drives will fail, it’s just a question of when. Even computer geeks accidentally delete a folder of important files when they meant to delete something else. If you back up your computer regularly and correctly, these otherwise devastating catastrophes become a minor hurdle that you can overcome quickly. And you’ll pat yourself on the back for being so intelligent for having a good computer backup.
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Newsletter subscriber Larry submitted a question asking how to do a right-click on his MacBook Pro. That’s a common question for many Mac converts (myself included) who were used to using Microsoft Windows PCs. Since most Macs don’t have a right button on their mouse or trackpad, it’s at first not obvious how to open a contextual menu (little pop-up menus that relate to a particular object or area). In this video I cover five ways to perform what is more property called a “secondary click”. [click to continue…]


Need to read an email, a document, or anything else on your Mac, but your eyes or your brain are just too tired? How about having your Mac speak the text to you? Watch this video to see how to make your Mac your own personal reader. [click to continue…]


If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to lose track of time while reading news on the web, getting distracted reading email, Facebook, or just surfing from one website to another. Don’t let your waking hours get away from you (unless of course you are reading Mac Help For Mom). Watch this video to see how to turn your Mac into a speaking clock that will periodically announce the time. [click to continue…]


Your Mac has a few ways it uses to try to get your attention. It can bounce an icon on the Dock or display an alert window. But sometimes you may not notice because you are so focused on something else or maybe turned away from your computer. That’s why it can be really handy to make your Mac speak to get your attention. [click to continue…]


You probably don’t normally worry about how much noise or light your Mac makes until someone is napping nearby (or maybe you’re in a library) and then every click seems magnified and your screen seems to light the whole room. Watch this video to learn some easy tricks to make your Mac quieter and not as bright, while staying very readable. [click to continue…]


How to control trackpad sensitivity

June 21, 2011 Mac OS X

Newsletter subscriber Jac asked how he could make his trackpad less sensitive. As you might suspect, these settings are found in the Trackpad section of System Preferences. But you may not realize that buried in this section of System Preferences is a great video tutorial of many functions you can perform using trackpad gestures with […]

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How to get a yellow circle around the cursor

June 21, 2011 Mac OS X
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Readers Jac and Carmelita both asked how I get the yellow circle around my cursor (pointer) in my videos. That yellow circle is a handy way to better show where the cursor is in videos and can also help if your vision isn’t what it used to be. Unfortunately, as of Mac OS X version […]

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How to easily find a preference setting (e.g., cursor size)

June 21, 2011 Mac OS X

Tired of squinting to find your tiny cursor on your high resolution display? There must be a way to make it larger but you don’t want to waste time browsing through all the System Preferences pages until you’re lucky enough to find it. No problem, it’s easy to find a specific preference setting quickly. Here’s […]

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How to adjust or turn off keyboard repeat

June 15, 2011 Mac OS X

The other day my friend Leo, the Windows expert at, answered a question from one of his readers who wanted to completely turn off keyboard repeat in Microsoft Windows for his arthritic 86-year-old father. I figured that some Mac users might have the same question so in this video I show you how to […]

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